“Barely has the tape recorder been switched on before Jean is simpering in Blake’s direction and into his bed”
without missing a beat: “That’s why I’m quitting. I want to go some place where I can be a woman.” A career and independence, it seems, are something to be jettisoned at the first sniff of a husband.
A closer look at these representations reveals few, if any, women in the media who are married, let alone those who dare to have children and a job. The flipside of the girl who gives in, is the über-bitch, personified by Barbara Stanwyck, who twice played a journalist – in Meet John Doe and To Please a Lady. Both films portray her as a ruthless, ambitious schemer, who uses her words to get her job back and destroy a man’s career, respectively.